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Intnrimttioii 

Every one should reverence bis or her fam- 
ily history. I know '^the age in which we 
live is one of restless energy, eager rush to 
satisfy the needs of daily lifey^'or to grasp 
its passing pleasures, and scant time is 
spared for studying the annals of the past 

"But they who do not think it worth their 
while sometimes to give a thought to those 
to whom they owe their very being/' are 
like him who, Bhakespeare says, has no 
music in bis soul. 

The motions of their spirit are dull as 
nighty and their affections dark as Erebus, 
as was once said by a great writer. 

We should never forget from whom we 
sprang; only cowards do that. 

We learn from Burkes History of Virginia 
that William, George and John Perry landed 
in Virginia about 1620. William took up 
100 acres of land on the south side of James 
River near the present city of Richmond. 
George patented 100 acres of land below 
Southampton Hundred, and John had 100 
acres on James River about fourteen miles 



10 INTRODUCTION. 

below Hog Island. 'Whether these forenin- 
neps of the Perry family survived the In- 
dian massacre, and became the ancestors of 
many of the numerous American Perrys is 
unknown. They were certainly not the an- 
cestors of all the American families of 
Perrys, as others by that family name emi- 
grated to this country in later years from 
the old country. The Perrys are of Scotch- 
Irish descent. 

Dr. Lyon O. Tyler, in Vol. 16, pages 222-3 
of William and Mary Quarterly, writes that 
among the settlers at 'Tace's Pains'' at the 
time of the massacre in 1622 were Richard 
Pace, Isabella, his wife, Francis Chapman 
and Lieut. William Perry. Pace died soon 
after the massacre, and his widow, Isabella, 
married Lieut. William Perry. In 1629 
John Smyth and Lieut. Wm. Perry were the 
Representatives from "Pace's Pains," on 
James River, in the Legislature. Later, Dr. 
Tyler writes, the Perrys are found at Burk- 
land, on the James River. 

Bbnj. B. Winborne. 
January, 1908. 



• PAOB 

Benjamin Perry 27 

Capt Abner Perry 51 

Capt. Aimer J, Perry 53 

Captain Perry's children • , 62 

Ezekiel Perry 49 

Pirtt Perryft in Virginia. 9 

Freeman Perry, Esq 34 

Introduction . «•••.•....,••• • •. . 9 

Israel Perry , . . , , 24 

Jacob Perry , i 47 

Joaepli Perry , 44 

Joseph J. Perry «... 30 

Josiah Perry 31 

Josiah Perry's grandchildren. 36 

Lieut. Jesse A. Perry 64 

Lieut Joseph William Perry 69 

Perrys in otlier States 62 

Phillip Perry. Sr.. 19 

Samuel Perry GO 

Sir Micajah Perry 13 

Stephen B. Weeks 20 

Susan Ann Perry 57 

Will of Micajah Perry 10 



CHAPTER I 



During the last lialf of the 17th century 
and tbe^rst half of the 18th century we find 
Micajah Perry, a man of great wealthy and 
his son Bichard engaged in the commission 
business in the city of London, England, 
under the firm name of Perry & Son. Thomas 
Lane, a contemporary of Micajah Perry in 
the 17th century, was also engaged in the 
commission business in the same city. Many 
of the colonists in Tidewater Virginia con- 
signed their tobacco and other produce for 
market to these commission merchants in 
London. It appears in the inventory of the 
estate of Ck>l. Jos. Bridger, of Isle of Wight 
Goi^nty, Va., that in 1G86 Colonel Bridger 
had sent several bills of exchange to Micajah 
Perry & Son to be placed to his credit In 
the will of Gapt James Day, of Isle of 
Wight County, Va., dated August 10, 1700, 
and probated January 9, 1701, Captain Day 



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qL- 14 THE PERRY FAMILY. 

directed that certain property owned by him 
in London be sold by his friends, Micajah 
Perry, Thomas Lane and Richard Perry, 

Micajah Perry had several brothers, sis- 
ters and other relatives in Virginia. Peter, 
Joseph, Henry and Benjamin Perry were 
contemporaries in Tidewater Virginia in the 
latter part of the 17th century. So were 
Phillip Perry*s family, of whom we shall 
write, 

Peter Perry settled in York County, Va., 
* and was a brother of Micajah Perry. Joseph, 
H^iry and Benjamin Perry belonged to 
Phillip Perry's family, and from these fam- 
ilies sprung the Perry families of North 
Carolina. A sister of Peter and Micajah 
Perry married a Mr. Lowe, and they reared 
a son, Micajah Lowe, and three daughters, 
Susannah, Johanna and Mary, 

The names of Susannah and Mary have 
been family names in the Perry families for 
many generations since. Micajah Lowe and 
his wife, Sarah, • lived in Charles City 
County, Va.| and left issue. ^ 



THE PERRY FAMILY. 16 

William Edwards, who served in the 
House of Burgesses from Surry County, 
Va., in 1707, first married the daughter of 
CJol. Benj, Harrison, and after her death he 
married the daughter of Micajah Lowe, and 
left several children hy this marriage. . Mi- 
cajah Lowe in his will, probated in 1708, 
refers to his uncle, Micajah Perry, of Lon- 
don, and appoints him one of his executors. 

Micajah Perry was, during the 17th cen- 
tury, the most conspicuous merchant in the 
Old Country in supplying the planters and 
colonists in Virginia and North Carolina 
with goods of all kinds in exchange for their 
tobacco and other products. He was the 
banker and commission merchant for these 
people. He was often left the executor of 
those leaving large estates. The new set- 
tlers had unbounded confidence in his abil- 
ity and honesty of character. He was often 
a visitor in these colonies and was well 
known to these people. He was often sent 
to these colonies as the duly commissioned 
agent of the Crown to advise and negotiate 
with the colonists. 



16 THE PERRY FAMILY. 

Among the largest contributors to the 
original endowment of William an4 Mary 
College in Virginia were Micajah Perry, 
Thomas Lane and Richard Perry^ each giv- 
ing £50 for that purpose. 

Micajah Perry served as alderman of the 
city of London in the latter part of the 17th 
century and later as Lord Mayor of London 
during the reign of William and Mary. He 
died in 1721, and his mercantile business 
was continued by his grandson, Micajah 
Perry, and Phillip Perry, 

Will of Micajah Pekey. 

London, December 22, 1720. This I leave 
as a scheme of my last will and Testament 
tho' intend to do it in a more ample forme 
but if any way diverted by any accident. Do 
declare this to be my last Will and Testa- 
ment written by my own hand (that is to 
say). I give to Christ's hospital one hun* 
dred pounds, I give to the workhouse one 
hundred pounds, I give to Mary and Susana 
Lowe each fifty pounds. I give Sister Eliza- 
beth Evans twenty pounds p. Annum during 



THE PERRY FAMILY. 17 

her natural life. I give' to my two Qrand- 
daugliters (sic) Mary and Elizabeth fifteen 
hundred {K>ttndii between them out of the 
money due to me from the cash in trade to 
be paid an their father (in same manner as) 
what he hath left them by his will. I give 
to my said granddaughters further my lease 
' of Eaton in Bedfordshire that I hold of 
Trinity College in Cambridge with all the 
profits from the time of my death I say my 
grand daughters Mary and Elizabeth. I 
give my grandson Micajah Perry my third 
part of Chester's Key to his him and his 
heirs forever. I give and bequeath to my 
two grandsons Micajah and Phillip Perry 
all the rest of my money due to me and half 
part in trade and all my interest in Shipping 
and Debts due in trade and in any place 
wherever the just debts being first paid. 

I give to my grandson Phillip all my 
household goods of what kind whatsoever 
and do desire to be buried in Bishope 
Church in the Middle Isle near the step into 
the Chancelly where my dear wife lies. This 
is all at present that I shall mention till I 
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18 THE PERRY FAMILY. 

may hare an opportiinity to do and settle 
in form, and do appoint my daughter Sarah 
Perry with her two mhw Micajah and Phillip 
Perry my executors. 

Witness my hand the day and year above 
written. 

Micajah Pbbbt. 

Signed, sealed, published and declared to 
be the last Will and Testament of Micajah 
Perry in the presence of us this 27th Sep- 
tmber 1721. 

John Waeb. 
James Johnston 
Jonathan Walkeb 

Proved Oct. 3 1721 by executrix 
Sarah Perry, widow. [Parish of St. 
Catherine Cree, London. Probate Act Book, 
Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Register 
^'Buckingham" folio 185.] 



THE PERRY FAMILY. 19 

CHAPTER II 



During the second quarter of the 17th 
century Pliillip Perry, Sr., came to America 
from old England and settled within the 
boundaries of Isle of Wight County, Va. 
This county was one of the eight original 
shires of Virginia, as the counties were then 
called, and embraced the territory of South- 
ampton County, Va., up to 1748, and bor- 
dered on the North Carolina line. 

Phillip Perry represenUnl some of the 
most sterling and worthy families of the 
Old Country who grew tired and weary with 
the tyranny, oppression and cruel wars of 
England, to gratify the bloody ambitions of 
dishonorable schemers to gain power that 
they might revel in disgrace and crime. 

He became a large landowner and a prom- 
inent and respected citizen of Isle of Wight 
County. He served with honor his county 
*' and province in several important official 



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20 THE PERRY FAMILY. 

poBitions* He was the uncle of the old Lon- 
don merchant^ Mitajah Perry* Phillip was 
a cherished family namei as shown by the 
persistency of the family in retaining it 
through generations. 

Among the old records of Isle of Wight 
Ck>unty, Va., we find the will of Phillip 
Perry, dated NoTember 20, 1667, and pro- 
bated October 9, 1669. He gives his age as 
'70 years or thereabouts,'* and mentions his 
wife, Orace, and sons Phillip and John, 
und^r age. In July, 1686, Thos. Oreen, of 
Isle of Wight County, consigns his tobacco 
to Micajab Perry and Thomas Lane, Lon- 
don, for sale. In 1693 John Perry, of the 
same county, son of Phillip Perry, deceased, 
conveyed a tract of land in that county to 
C5ol. Joseph Bridger, lying in Whitemarsb. 

Capt John Perry, of Westmoreland 
County, Va., was a prominent man in his 
section prior to 1661. Whether he was the 
brother of Phillip Perry can not be ascer- 
tained, nor can we trace the relationship, if 
any, between them. Phillip Perry, Sr., had 
other sons than Phillip and John. James 



THE PERRY FAMILY. 21 

Perry, Jacob Perry and JoBeph Perry were 
also his sons. 

After the J.7th century many of the well- 
to-do families of Virginia left the colony 
and moved to the more attractive lands and 
homes in the old Albemarle section of North 
Carolina. Among those who were attracted 
by the rich soil, beautiful homes, delightful 
climate and good government were several 
of the members of the Perrys of southwest- 
ern Virginia, as it ^ill now appear. 

In the old records in Edenton, N. 0., we 
find a grant of land from Jeremiah Perry 
and wife, Jane, to Christian Blount, dated 
October 8, 1694. 

Francis and Jeremiah Perry are familiar 
names in the Virginia and North Carolina 
families. Capt. Henry Perry, of Northamp- 
ton County, Va., was closely connected with 
Capt. Francis Pott's family, and Captain 
Perry and wife are mentioned in the will of 
Captain Pott, which is dated in October, 
1658. 

The Francis Perry, the Jeremiah Perry 
and the John Perry to whom the Earl 



22 THE PERRY FAMILY. 

> 

of Granville granted lands in Franklin 
Countyi N. C, about the middle of the 18th 
century, .were from Chowan and Perquimans 
counties, N. 0. The Perrys of Virginia were 
also connected by marriage with the leading 
Virginia family of Kennons, who intermar- 
ried with the Bullocks of Granville County, 
N. O. They were also connected by mar- 
riage with the old Broadnax family of the 
Old Dominion. 

In 1707 Daniel Pugh, of Nansemond, con- 
veyed a tract of land to Samuel Smith lying 
on Middle Swamp, adjoining the lands of 
John Perry and others. Several of the 
Perrys owned land on this swamp. In 1719 
James Perry and wife, Patience, of Nanse- 
mond County, conveyed land on Middle 
Swamp, that runs out of Bennett^s Creek 
in Chown County, N. C, to his brother, 
John Perry, of Nansemond County, Va., 
and Jacob Perry is one of the witnesses to 
the deed. In 1715 Francis West, of Nanse- 
mond County, in his will speaks of Judith 
and Thomas Perry. Judith Perry married 
Abram Hill, of Nansemond County, Va., 
and they moved to North Carolina. On 



TEE PERRY FAMILY. 23 

July 26, 1740, they conreyed to John Perry, 
of Bertie, 100 acres of land, and in 1756 
they conveyed to Josiah Granberry a tract 
of land in Bertie (no^ HertfcMrd) on Me- 
herrin Bwamp, which was purchased from 
John Perry, of Bertie County. 

In 1728 Benjamin Perry conveyed to 
Thomas Lane, the old London merchant, 140 
acres of land lying on Chowan Biver and 
Deep Run, Susannah Perry,, his sister, is 
a witness to Uic deed. Thomas Speight, of 
Nansemond, in 1700 conveyed land in North 
Carolina to John Perry. I have been un- 
able to locate this land, but it was in the 
Albemarle section. 

In 1734, 1735 and 1736 we And William 
Perry signing as witness to deeds for lands 
in Chowan and Bertie counties. Several 
of the children of Phillip Perry, Sr., of Isle 
of Wight County, Va., and several of his 
brothers moved to Perquimans County. His 
grandson, Phillip, died in Perquimans in 
1751| leaving a will in which he speaks of 
his son Jesse, and Phillip, brothers John 
and Joseph and Jacob Perry, son of his 
brother Joseph. In 1759 Joseph and Ben- 



24 THE PERBT FAMILY. 

jamin Perry witnessed the will of Josepli 
Riddicky of Perquimans. 

In 1749 Jacob Perry, Sr., Israel P«ry 
and Jacob Perry, Jr., witnessed the will of 
Isaac Wilson in Perquimans, who married 
the daughter of Jacob, brother to Israel, 
Phillip and Benjamin Perry, 
Jittatl Sfkttf 

Israel Perry, son of John Perry and wife, 
Mary, and grandson of Phillip Perry, 8r., 
died in 1779^ leaving a will. His sons were 
Jo^iah, Israel, John, Oader, Jacob, Jesse, 
and daughters, Millicent, Ruth, Rachel, Anu 
and Priscilla, He had other children. He 
appointed his brother Phillip Perry and 
Thomaa Twine his executors, and Jacob and 
Benjamin Perry are witnesses to the will. 

Ruth P^rry married Micajah Hill, of 
Ferqaimana County, May 12^ 1768. Rachel 
married Richard Skinnar December 11, 
1770. 

' Priscilla married Thomas Twine. Jacob 
Perry, the brother of Israel and Phillip, 
died about 1777- His will is dated March 
4, 1775, and probated in October, 1777. His 
children mentioned are Jacob, Israel, 



THE PERRY FAMILY. 26 

. Reuben, Dempsey and John, and daughters, 
Priscilla, wife of Dempsey Welch, Ann, 
wife of Caleb Winalow, and grandson, Isaac 
^ Wilson, son of Isaac Wilson, Sr., and daugh- 
ter Hepsibah, wife of Hardy Stallings. 
Jacob Perry, Sr., the son of the Benjamin 
Perry and wife, Susan, who made the con- 
veyance of land in 1728, was brother of Ben* 
jamin Perry II, and died in 1790. He men- 
* tions in his will his wife, Mary, sons. Miles, 
Leah, Lawrence and benjamin Perry, and 
daughters, Hepsebeth and Sally Mariah 
Bunch, Mary Perry and granddaughter, 
Priscilla Perry, daughter of Leah Perry. 

His brother Benjamin is one of the wit- . 
nesses to his will. 

Jacob's daughter, Mary, died unmarried 
in 1797, and she speaks in her will of her 
mother, Mary, cousins Mary and Hannah 
Bunch, and cousin John Perry, the son of 
Israel^ cousin Jacob Boyce and brother, 
Lawrence Perry. 

Jesse Perry, son of Israel Perry, married 
December 12, 1777, Miss Elizabeth Lindner. 



26 THE PERRY FAMILY. 

Bailie Perry, daughter of Jacob Perry, 
Sr,, married about the year 1790, shortly 
after the death of her father, Lemuel 
Weeks. There wero six jjhildren by this 
marriage — John, James, Hugh, Polly, who 
married Goruelius Raper, a daughter who 
married a Benton, and Nancy. 

James and Hugh died young and without 
issue. 

Lemuel Weeks died in the year 1803, leav- 
ing his wife, Sally, and son, John, and sev- 
eral grandchildren surviving him. The 
widow died in 1826 at the home of her son, 
John Weeks, on Little River in Pasquotank 
County, N. 0. 

Lemuel Weeks was the son of Thomas 
Weeks (who died in 1808) and wife, of Per- 
quimans County, N. C. 

John Weeks, the son of Jjemuel Weeks 
and wife, Sally, was the grandfather of 
Stephen B. Weeks, the distinguished writer 
and historian of North Carolina, 



THE PERRY FAMILY. 27 

CHAPTER III 



fkniumin Jj^ttf 

There were three Benjamin Perrys among 
the older members in Perquimans. Benja- 
min Perry I died March 11, 1788. His wife 
was named Susan, and they had several chil* 
dren, among them were Benjamin II, who 
died January 10, 1784, and his wife, Han- 
nah, died November, 1791. Benjamin Perry 
III represented Perquimans County in the 
House of Commons in 1790. The first Ben- 
jamin had a son named Ezekiel, who'inoved 
to Hertford County prior to the Revolution- 
ary War and settled in the St John's sec- 
tion. 

Joseph Perry, of Perquimans, died in 
1801, and Jesse died in the same year. Jesse 
left the following children: Mary, Eliza- 
beth, Millicent, Rachel, who married a 
Nicholson, Benjamin, John and Josiah; 
Margaret, Christian, Martha, Sally, Asen- 
ith, William and Robert. 



28 THE PERRY FAMILY. 

Jesse was a mtk of Phillip Perrji 8r.y and 
uncle of Josiah Perry who mored to Bertte 
County the latter part of the 18th century 
and settled near the FowellsTille section. 

Robert Perry, the son of Jesse, repre- 
sented Perquimans County in the House of 
Commons in ISIT, 1818, 1819 and again in 
1826 and 1827| and Josiah, his brother, rep- 
resented the county in 1834. 

Jesse Perry married Miss Elizabeth Lind- 
ner December 12, 1777. 

Phillip, the son of Jacob Perry, died in 
1809, leaving sons, Isaac, Beth, Daniel, 
John; daughters, Millicent, Chloe Biddick, 
Christian White and Elizabeth Saunders. 

Thomas Perry died in 1814, and speaks 
of his mother, Millicent, and brother, 
James. 

Jacob Perry died in 1814, leaving his 
wife, Barah, and brother, John, surviving. 

Benjamin Perry III married Millicent 
Riddick, of Perquimans, December 13, 1785, 
and they had the following children : Mary, 
born October 26, 1786; Thomas, born Janu* 



THE PERRY FAMILY. 29 

ary 27, 1789; James, born Augustus, 1792; 
Joseph, bom December 20, 1796; Chpistian, 
born December 20, 1798. 

William HoUowell married Mary Perry 
July 6, 1778. She was probably a daughter 
of Israel Perry, Sr. The latter had several 
daughters and sons whose names are not 
on the old memoranda before me. 

Reuben Perry married Elisutbeth Pearson 
January 18, 1780. 

Amos Perry married bis cousin, Etiza* 
beth Perry, February 10, 1783. 

Thomas Stanton married, also, a Miss 
Elizabeth Perry August 28, 1784. 

Israel Perry, Jr., married Miriam Hollo- 
well April 4, 1785. 

Seth Perry married Mary Riddick Decem- 
ber 29, 1785. 

Susannah Perry married Moses Howard 
June 2, 1790. 

Leverne Qarriss married Sarah Perry De- 
cember 27, 1791. She was the daughter of 
Jacob Perry, Sr. 

Jacob Perry married Ruth Chappell Au- 



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THE PERRY FAMILY. 



gust 18| 1791| and Reuben Perry, his 
brother, married Dorcas Chappell January 
11,1791. 

William Perry, heretofore mentioned, 
married Perebe White April 21, 1791. 

The Perrys of Tidewater Virginia not 
only sent representatives of their families to 
northeastern North Carolina, but some of 
them moved to other parts of Virginia and 
North Carolina. Franklin County, N. C,, 
and that section of the State became the 
home of several of them, I have been care- 
ful in giving the names of the heads of the 
several families and the children to show 
that the North Carolina Perrys are of the 
same families that settled in Tidewater Vir- 
ginia in the 17th century, 

I shall now proceed to give a sketch of 
Ezekiel Perry's family, of Hertford County, 
and of Josiah Perry's family, who settled in 
Bertie County near the Hertford County 
line in the latter part of the 17th century. 



THE PERRY FAMILY. 81 

CHAPTER IV 



Josiah Perry, son of Israel Perry, Sr., 
and bis wife, Priscilla, was born in Per- 
quimans County, N. C,, November 19, 1741. 
After reaching mature manhood he, in 1761, 
married Miss Elizabeth Twine, daughter of 
John Twine and wife. Pleasant, of his native 
county. Josiah Perry was a strong and 
vigorous man, witli a strong and clear mind, 
and was energetic in his liabits. During 
his manhood he was consulted by his neigh- 
bors and friends in their business matters 
and took the place of a lawyer in writing 
their contracts, deeds and wills, and in ad- 
vising generally in their business. The late 
Maj. Jno. W. Moore stated to the writer 
tlmt Josiah Perry was a licensed attorney 
and practiced in the courts of the Albemarle 
section, and re^iided in Pasquotank County, 
N. C, before moving to Bertie County. In 
the U. S. Census of 1790 there does appear 
the name of *' Josiah Perry, Esq.," in Pas- 



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82 THB PERRY FAMILY. 

quotank County. He accumulated a con- 
siderable estate. Before moying to Bertie 
he owned large landed estates in Pasquo- 
tank, Perquimans and Edgecombe counties, 
N. O. After the death of his first wife, Eliz* 
abethi he married Miss Amillicent Freeman, 
daughter of John Freeman and wife, Sarah, 
of Bertie County, and several years there- 
after bought lands in the Powellsville sec- 
tion in Bertie County, and settled on his 
lands adjoining the lands of Timothy Wal- 
ton. He also purchased from John Win- 
borne the Liberty Hill Fishery on the 
Chowan River, which he devised in his will 
to his wife for life, and then to his son, Free- 
man, and daughter, Amillicent. He was also 
a large slaveowner. He died in 1821, leav- 
ing a will of record in Bertie County. It 
is a long and interesting document. He de- 
vised lands, slaves and other property to 
each of his children. 

Josiah Perry's children by his first mar- 
riage were: Sarah, William, Christian, 
John, Mary, Josiah, Elizabeth and Ber- 
sheba. 



TEE PERRY FAMILY. 33 

Barah married a Bteph^is. Christian 
married a bod of Timothy Walton, of Ber- 
tie GoHntjv Mary married Samuel Jenkins, 
son of John Jenlcins, of Bertie County, and 
brother of Winbome Jenkins, of that 
county, and uncle of Capt Irvin Jenkins, 
of the War of 1812, December 15, 1788. 
They left a son, Jos. J. Jenkins. Bersheba 
married Jesse Qarrett 

Elisabeth married an Odom, and they 
left one child, Sally Odom. 

Josiah Perry's children by his second 
marriage to Miss Freeman were: James, 
Celia, Freeman, Nancy, Penelope, Frusanna 
and Amillicent. 

James Perry married, June 7, 1809, Sarah 
Parker, of Bertie County, and died Decem- 
ber 1, 1811, leaving one child, Jeremiah 
Perry. 

Celia married Miles Rayner, a cousin of 
Amos Rayner, the father of Hon. Kenneth 
Rayner. 

Josiah Perry had brothers Jacob and 
John living in Hertford and Bertie counties. 
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84 THE PERRY FAMILY. 

Freeman Perry married Miss Pattie 
Simons, sister of John Simon% who married 
his sistOT, Amillicent Freeman Perry was 
a man of affairs, and possessed a good estate 
in Bertie Gonnty, His children were James 
8. Perry, Joseph J, Perry, Wm. N. Perry, 
Joshua S; Perry, 

Nancy Perry married William Balfour, 
of Edgecombe County, N. C. Balfour was 
one of the Representatives of Edgecombe 
County in the House of Commons of the 
State in 1809 and 1811. They left one child, 
Josiah Balfour. 

Penelope Perry married Isaac Sessoms, 
of Edgecombe County, and they left one 
son, Sanitor Sessoms. Isaac Sessoms was 
one of the Bepresentatiyes from Edgecombe 
County in the House of Commons in 1778, 
and Senator in 1782 and 1784. 

Frusanna Perry married Joseph Mercer, 
of Edgecombe County, and they had one 
son, Joseph J. Mercer. 

Amillicent Perry married John Simons, 
of Bertie County. John Simons was the 



THE PERRY FAMILY. 35 ! 

i 

8on of Joshua Simons, of Pasquotank 
County, by his first marriafie. The children 
of this marriage were Lavinia, EliEabeth, 
Nancy, John and Edward P. Simons. 

Josiah Perry's second wife, Amillicent 
Freeman, was the niece of Joshua Freeman. 
Her father's will is dated in 1798 and was 
probated at NoTemt)er term, 1798, of Bertie 
Court. 

John Winbome was guardian of William, 
James and Joseph J. Perry, orphans of 
Freeman Pen^. 

John Freeman left surviving him his 
, widow, Sarah, and sons Charles, Hardy, 
Jeremiah and John; daughters, Rachel Out- 
law, Leah Lurry, Amillicent Perry, wife of 
Josiah Perry, Christian Norfleet, Delilah 
Ward and Elizabeth Freeman. One of the 
older Perrys evidently married in the John 
i Winbome fiimily, 

3fo«(«lb 9mrr'K tfrsribt^flbreii 
We will mention them according to age^ 
taking first the oldest: 
j • James 8. Perry lived in Hertford County, 
and often held official position in the county. 



i 

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36 TEE PERRY FAMILY. 

He married Susannah Penelope . JenkinSi 
daughter of Benjamin JenkinB, Jr., and 
Bister to Winbome Jenkins III. They left 
no issue. His widow died at the home of 
the writer in the year 1901, mid is buried in 
the churchyard of Mt. Tabor church, in 
Hertford County, N. O. She was the great, 
half-aunt to the writer's wife. It would 
take the author of the book ^^Metamorpha" 
to figure out the relationship. She was a 
splendid and ideal woman. The writer is 
told that Mrs. Penny Perry was the half- 
sister and half -aunt of the author's wife's 
mother. Her mother, while a widow, mar- 
ried my wife's mother's father, a widower. 
Both had children by former marriages. 

Joseph J. Perry was bom December 25, 
1817, and married Mary E. Sessoms, the 
daughter of William Wynns Sessoms II. 
The latter was a direct descendant of Elenor 
Sessoms, who married the daughter of Gapt. 
Geo. Wynns and sister of Col. Benj. Wynns, 
who was famous as a soldier in the War of 
1776-82. 



THE PERRY FAMILY. 37 

Misft SesBoms was a beautiful woman with 
a bright and cheerful disposition. She wafi 
bom November 25, 1825, and died April 25, 
1879, For a number of years prior to her 
death she was a great sufferer from rheuma- 
tism, and had to move about in an invalid's 
chair. Notwithstanding her misfortunes 
and sufferings slie was at all times cheerful, 
fond of talking and interesting. Her hus- 
band, Joseph J. Perry, was a successful 
planter and ranlced high as a man where he 
was known. Their children were Joseph 
William Perry, Henry T. Perry, Laura E. 
Perry, Martha S. Perry and Ernest Perry. 

William N. Perry lived in Hertford 
County, and was in 1830 appointed by the 
Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of the 
county a constable, a position considered at 
that time one of honor and distinction. In 
1845 we And him a. justice of the peace and 
a member of said court. 

Joshua S. Perry died August 6, 1825, 
while very young. 

Lavinia Simons, daughter of John Simons 



38 THE PERRY FAMILY. 

and bis wife, Amillicent, was born in 1816, 
and married J. Benbury Sbarp, of Hertford 
County. She died in 1872, leaving several 
children surviving her, 

Elizabeth, sister of Lavinia, was bom 
February 8, 1819. She married Jacob 
Sharp, of Hertford County, and died in 
1881, leaving surviving her several children. 
Their sister, Nancy, was born in 1821, and 
married John Winborne, and died in 1866. 

EdAvard P. Simons, son of John and wife, 
Amilliceut, was born in 1827, and married 
a Miss Wilson. He died in 1890. John 
Simons^ brother of Edward P., was born in 
1824, and married a Miss Sessoms. He died 
in 1866. 



THE PERRY FAMILY. 



39 



CHAPTER V 



Lieut. Joseph William Perry, great-grand- 
son of Josiah Perry, grandson of Freeman 
Perry and son of Josepli J. Perry and wife, 
Mary E. Perry, nee Sessoms, was born in 
Bertie County March 3, 1845. He lived 
witli his parents on their plantation, which 
was the ancestral home of the Perrys, until 
about 1861, when he entered the Academy, 
a school of high rank at Harrellsville, in 
Hertford County, N. C, and prosecuted his 
studies until in 18G3, when he arrived at the 
age of 18 years. He then entered the Con- 
federate army as a private in Capt Langley 
Tayloe's Company; and his company was 
camped at Bethlehem, in Hertford County, 
and later moved to Camp Oatling near 
Murfreesboro. While at the latter camp 
the 68th North Carolina Begiment was or- 
ganizedi with James W. Hinton, of Pasquo- 
tank, as Colonel; Edward C. Yellowly, of 



40 THE PERRY FAMILY. 

Pitt Gcmiityy Lieutenant-Colonel, and yonng 
Perry was made Sergeant. He senred in 
that capacity in the 68th Begimrat until 
Februaryi 1864, when he was ordered by 
Colonel Hinton to report to CoL James M. 
Wynn aa Adjutant of Wynn's Battalion of 
Cavalry. He then did service in the army 
of Northern Virginia until the close of the 
war. He was a brave and true soldier. He 
inherited much of the energy, business tact 
and skill, Irish courage and frankness, great 
benevolence and nobility of heart and soul 
that so strongly characterised his great- 
grandfather and his early ancestors who 
first landed on American soil. After the 
closing of hostilities between the States he 
returned to his home and remained on his 
father's plantation until the war clouds par- 
tiall^ passed over, some money could be 
realised and the doors of the schools were 
again opened to tlic Southern young men. 
In 1867 he entered a business college in 
New York State and graduated there with 
distinction. He then returned to North 



THE PERRY FAMILY. 41 

Carolina and settled in Winton, N. G^ 
where he was employed aa clerk for Jordan 
& Overby, who were engaged in the mer^ 
cantile and sawmill bnainess. In Aprils 
1872, he was married to Miss Mary H. Jer* 
nigan, daughter of L. R. Jemigan and wife, 
Nancy, of Hertford County^ N, O. In 1870 
he was appointed by the Judge of the Dis- 
trict Clerk of the Superior Court of Hert- 
ford County to flU a vacancy caused by the 
resignation of his wife's uncle. He resigned 
I thi» position January 2, 1872, and entered 

the mercantile and sawmill business with 
Jno. O* Orerby at Winton. He remained 
in this business until 1877, when he moved 
to Norfolk, Va,, and joined Col. Wm. D. 
McOloughan in the cotton commission busi- 
ness May 1, 1877, under the firm name of 
McOloughan & Perry. He has since con- 
|- . tinued in the commissiooi business, and he is 
to-day the head of one of the largest com- 
! ^ • * mission houses in Norfolk. He has directed 
'■ his attention to other enterprises with great 

{ success, and has been for some years vice- 



42 TEE PERRY FAMILY. 

president of the CitiMns Bank of his city. 
He is one of the wealthiest and best known 
men of the city. He is a true and loyal 
friend to deserving young men, but despises 
sham and trickery. He and his wife and two 
daughters^ Maude and Mary, are still living 
in Norfolk. In Clark's Regimental History 
of the North Carolina troops in the Con- 
federate Army it is said of this J. W. Perry, 
"No braver or better officer was in our army 
tlmn Adjutant J. W, Perry." Vol. IV, page 
368. What Micajah Perry was to the people 
of Virginia and North Carolina in the 17th 
and 18th centuries, J. W. Perry, of Norfolk, 
Va., has been to them in the 19th and 20th 
centuries. 

Henry T. Perry, brother of Jos. W. Perry, 
was born May 18, 1847. After reaching ma- 
turity he moved to Indiana, married there, 
and has reared quite an interesting family. 

Their sister, Laura E., Avas born June 
20, 1849, and married J. Washington 
Mitchell, of Bertie County. They are still 
living and have issue. 



J J . > 



TEE PERKY FAMILY. 43 

Their sister, lilartba S. Perry, was born 
July 17, 1851, and married Daniel Van Pelt 
8essoms, of Hertford County, They are 
also living and have several children, one of 
whom is Mrs. J. W, Weaver, of Rich Square. 

The youngest child of Jos. J. Perry and 
wife, Mary E., is Ernest Perry, born Sep- 
tember 5, 1867. He has never married and 
is engaged with his brother, J. W. Perry 
in the commission business in Norfolk, 

Joseph J. Perry's wife, Mary B., having 
died in 1879, he on December 10, 1879, mar- 
ried Miss Emma D. Lewis, and had one 
daughter, Josie, born May 10, 1882, and died 
May 1, 1905. 

Jos. J. Perry died May 9, 1882, leaving 
his widow, Emma D., surviving. 



44 THE PERRY FAMILY. 
CHAPTER VI 



Joseph Perry, of Perquimans County, N. 
C, moved to Hertford County about 1765* 
He was a brother of Josiah Perry. The 
writer has seen a deed from Wm. W. 
Stephens, of Hertford County, to Joseph 
Perry, of Perquimans County, for a tract 
in the Harrellsville section for -200 acres of 
land, adjoining the lands of Lazarus 
Thomas, dated June 20, 1765, and witnessed 
by Benjamin Pen-y, Phillip Perry and Joel 
HoUowell, Jr. This land was a part of the 
patent of Adam Baring, dated April 1% 
1719, The deed was proven before Benja- 
min Wynns, Clerk, at the October term, 
1765, of the Superior Court of Hertford 
County. The old Colonial Court of Pleas 
and Quarter Sessions was sometimes re- 
ferred to as the "Superior Court," as dis- 
tinguished from the old court of Oyer and 
Terminer and the Court of Equity. Benja- 



THE PERRY FAMILY. 45 

min WynnSy Jr., son of John WyniiSy was at 
the time Pablic Iteguiter (now Kegifiter of 
Deeds). 

Joseph Perry's wife was named Agatha. 
He died 1826, and John Winborne was ad- 
ministrator of his estate. His children were 
Preston, Mary, Patrick, Joseph^ Elizabeth 
and John D. Perry. Their mother, Agatha, 
was their guardian. 

William S. Slaughter was guardian of. 
Mary Jane and William Perry, orplians of 
John D. Perry, son of Joseph Perry and 
nephew of Preston. 

Preston Perry, son of Joseph Perry and 
wife, Agatha, wQiS Sheriff of the county in 

1844. In 1850 he married Frances Simons, 
daughter of Joseph J. Simons, and moved 
to Texas, where they now have descendants. 
His brother, Patrick Perry, who was Public 
Register in Hertford County in 1843 to 

1845, had preceded his brother Preston in 
seeking a fortune in the distant State of 
Texas. He settled in Galveston in that 
State. 



46 THE PERRY FAMILY, 

In 1839 William Perry filed in Hertford 
County his account as guardian of Frasy 
and Abner Perry^ children of William 
Perry, Sr. William Perry, Jr., died prior 
to 1844, and in 1844 Wataon succeeded him 
as guardian of Abner Perry. 

Albert B. Adkins, of Hertford County, 
married Martha J. Perry, daughter of John 
Perry, of Bertie County. John Perry had 
two sons killed in the Confederate army, so 
did his brother William Perry, of the same 
county. John and William, as well as Mar- 
tin Van B. Perry, of Littleton, N. C, were 
related to Joseph Perry's family. . 

J. S. Perry, the successful real estate 
speculator of Boanoke, Va., is the son of 
Joseph D. Perry and wife, Nancy Sawyer, 
of Pasquotank Co., N. C, and the grandson 
of Frederick Perry, of that county. 



THE PERRY FAMILY, 47 

Jacob Perry, another of the Perquimans 
CJounty family of Perrys, moved to Hertford 
County and settled in the Harrellsville sec* 
tion. He married Amillicent Sowell, of 
Bertie County. They had a son by the name 
of Phillip Turner Perry, After the death 
of his Sowell wife he married Miss Fruzie 
HoUomani of Bertie County. 

Phillip Turner Perry was born in 1823, 
and married Miss Belinda Deanes, of 
Chowan County, and died June 22, 1871, 
leaving surviving him a daughter, Mary 
E.| who is the wife of John S. Winborne, of 
Hertford County, and a son, Phillip T. 
Perry, a citizen of Windsor, N, C. 

Phillip T. Perry, Sr., lived at the old 
homestead of John Winborne, near Cole- 
rain* John Winborne and Elisha Winborne, 
the writer's grandfather, were cousins. 

Simion Perry, who appears on the Census 
list of 1790, of Hertford County, son of 
Ezekiel Perry and wife, Sarah, married 
Martha Ann Bains, daughter of William 



48 THE PERRY FAMILY. 

Bains and wife, Winnefed, of Bertie Ck)ant7. 
They reared two daughters, Jane Perry and 
Martha B. Perry, and three sons, Alexander, 
Augustus and John Perry. 

John Perry, son of Simion, married Celia 
McGloughan. They had two children, Wil- 
liam J. Perry and Susan Perry, John 
Perrf was murdered about 1824. Young 
W. J. Perry grew up to be quite a useful 
and highly respected citizen of his county. • 
He servied in the capacity of a magistrate 
for a number of years, a position of honor 
and distinction in those days. He served 
his county for a number of years as Public 
Register, He married Martha Prances 
Askew, and they reared the following chil- 
dren: John A., George, Thomas, Joseph 
D., Busan and William Augustus Perry. 

W. J. Perry died in 1862, leaving his wife 
and children surviving him. He appointed 
John O. Askew as his executor to settle his 
estate. 



THE PERRY FAMILY. 49 

CHAPTER Vn 



Ezekiel Perry was born in Perquimans 
Coanty, N. C, and was the son of Benjamin 
Perry I and wife, Susan Perry, nee Walton. 
Susan Perry was the daughter of Thomas 
Walton, Sr., of Chowan County, who died 
in 1751. Ezekiel Perry had several broth- 
ers and sisters. After reaching his majority 
he married Sarah Eason, daughter of Abner 
Eason, Sr., and wife, Rachel Eason, nee 
Docton. Mrs. Eason was the daughter of 
Jacob Docton and wife, Sarah, of Per- 
quimans. Abner Eason, Sr., died in 1792. 
Ezekiel and his wife, Sarah, moved to Hert- 
ford Cpunty before the Revolutionary War, 
and settled near old St. John's Chapel. 
They had several children-— Abner, Abram, 
Docton, Susannah, Simion and others. Doc- 
ton and Abram Perry lived in Bertie, while 
Abner, Susannah and Simion lived in Hert- 
ford County. Abner Perry enlisted in the 
4 



50 THE PERRY FAMILY. 

Continental army for three years, waa pro- 
moted to a captaincy, and was wounded in 
the hip at the battle of Guilford Court- 
house, from which he never entirely recov- 
ered, 

Andrew Simons, of Pasquotank County, 
died in 1752, leaving surviving him his wife, 
Mary, and sons, John, Joshua, William and 
Thomas Simons. 

Joshua Simons married Sallie Jordan,* 
daughter of the first Pleasant Jordan, who 
represented Hertford County in the State 
Senate in 1780. Miss Jordan was bom No- 
vember 24, 1773. Simons died, leaving sur- 
viving him his wife, Sally, and son, John, by 
a former marriage, and Joseph J. Simons, 
by his marriage with Miss Jordan. 



THE PERRY FAMILY. 51 

CHAPTER VIII 



Ciipt Sltinrr ^etrp 

In 1783 Capt. Abner Perry married Peggy 
Burns, of Bertie County, and they had the 
following children: 

Patsey, born October 2, 1784. 

Sallie, born April 2, 1787. 

Rebecca, born June 25, 1791. 

Andrew T., born August 6, 1793. 

John B., born December 6, 1796. 

Jennett, born April 22, 1800. 

Abner, born July 20, 1803. 

Capt. Abner Perry's wife, Peggy, died 
about 1805, and in 1808 he married the 
widow of Joshua Simons, nee Sally Jordan. 
By this marriage he had one son, Abner J. 
Perry, bom October 11, 1809. 

Capt Abner Perry died in 1810, leaving 
surviving him his widow, Sally. In 1812 
his widow, Sally Perry, married Maurice 
Moore, of Bertie, and they had one child, 
Elizabeth. Maurice Moore died, and she 



62 THE PERRY FAMILY. 

married In 1816 Mcmes Moore. Tbej had 
no issne* Moses died, and she^ on March 19, 
1820, married Elisha B. Horton, of Bertia 
There was no issue by this marriage. Mr. 
Horton was son of Hugh Horton, a brother 
of Neeham Horton, the father of the late 
J. J. Horton, of Hertford CSonnty. 

Keeham Horton married Elizabeth Jor^ 
dan, a sister of Sally. Mrs. Sallie Horton 
died a widow in 1847. Widows know how 
to win and capture. 

Fielding wrote: *<Widows are a study 
you will never be proficient In.*' 

Pope in his discourse on the wife of Bath, 
says: 

''For tinco fifteen in triumph I have led 
Four captive husbande from church to bed." 

Captain Ifimf* €VBKtn 
Patsey Perry married wealthy John Dick- 
inson, of Northampton Ck>unty, N. C, in 
1806, and died in 1834, leaving surviving her 
several children. 

Sallie married James Buffln. He lived 
but a short time, and she married James 



THE PERRY FAMILY. 53 

Moore, and they moved to Madison Oountyi 
Alabama. 

Rebecca married Marmaduke Howard. 
He died, and sbe married James Bush in 
I8I69 and they moved to Alabama and were 
the parents of Judge Bush, of Marianna, 
Florida. 

Andrew I. married Matilda Jones, and 
moved south. 

John B. died July 38, 1823| unmarried. 

Jennette married Joseph Deanes, and 
they moved to Alabama. 

Abner, Jr., died young* 

Capt. Abner Perry died in 1810. 

Copt flbner 3. 9errp 

Abner J. Perry married, February 12, 
1829, Marena Howard. She lived but a 
short time, and died without leaving issue. 
He next married, January 6, 1831, Julia A. 
Powell. She died without issue, and he 
married June 8, 1845, her sister, Martha J. 
Powell. 

Abner J. Perry served his county (Hert- 
ford) as justice of the peace in the good old 



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64 TEE PERRY FAMILY. 

days when it was an honor to be a justice 
of the peace. He also served as Sheriff for 
four years, succeeding his Icinsman, Preston 
Perry, in 1844. He died October 11, 1866, 
leaving surviving him three sons: John D. 
Perry, born June 12, 1843, and married 
February 8, 1869; Helen Johnston, daugh- 
ter of Dr. Samuel Johnston, of Edenton, N. 
C, and moved to Wilcox County, Ala., in 
1871; Abner J. Perry, Jr., born August 7, 
1853, and died December 2, 1877, without 
issue. 

lietit 3t*tt 0. Ifknt 

Jesse A. Perry, bom February 18, 1838, j 
and married February 18, 1862, Mary D. i 
Powle, sister of the lat6 Governor Daniel Q. 
Powle, of North Carolina. Jesse A. Perry 
served in the Confederate army a» First 
Lieutenant in Capt Thomas H. Sharp's 
company from Hertford County, tjesse A. 
Perry's children are as follows : 

Julia P., barn May IS, 1864, and married 
Prank Brinkley, of Pitt County, N. 0. 

James F., bom August 30, 1866, and mar^ 
ried November 19, 1890, Lucy Freeman. 



THE PERRY FAMILY. 55 

Sadie T,, born April 28, 1868, and mar- 
ried K. C. Josey January 31, 1906, of Scot- 
land Neck, N. C. 

Mary P. Perry, born February 12, 1870, 
married December 2, 1891, Dr. O. C. Chris- 
tian, of Virginia. 

Jolm D. Peri7, born November 13, 1871, 
and married Julia Dunn in April, 1903. 

Helen O. Perry, born August 1, 1873, and 
married Rev. J. K. Ilenderson on June 4, 
1907. 

Jesse A. Perry moved from Hertford 
County in 1876 to Scotland Neck, in Hali- 
fax County, N. C, and was mayor of that 
town from 1891 to 1900. His wife died in 
1901, and he now resides with his daughter, 
Julia, in Greenville, Pitt County, N. C. 

Abner J. Perry's second and third wives 
were daughters of Jesse Powell, the son of 
Lewis Powell and wife, Helen Powell, nee 
Cotten, the daughter of Arthur Cotten. 

Jesse Powell was born December 5, 1772, 
and on October 27, 1798, married Charity 
Harrell, of Hertford County, and moved to 



56 THE PERRY FAMILY. 

Halifax County, and reared a large family, 
and died at the ripe old age of 88 years. 

Jesse Powell had two brothers of the 
whole blood, Decader and Lewis Powell, and 
two brothers of the half-blood. Perry C. 
Tyler and Richard Tyler. The mother of 
the two Tylers was the widow of Lewis 
Powell, Sr. 

Abner J. Perry and Joseph J. Perry fre- 
quently visited each other and called each 
other cousin, so I am informed by Jesse A. 
Perry, a son of Abner J, Perry. The two 
families were evidently from the same Isle 
of Wight family of Perrys. 

Thomas A. Buxton, who was born in Nor- 
folk, Va*, married a Miss Perry, of North- 
ampton CJounty, N. 0., about 1835 or 1840, 
and th^ had several children, among them 
being Hon. J. A. Buxton, of Newport News, 
•Va. Mrs. Buxton, had a brother, John 
Perry, who moved with his family to Ten- 
nessee about 1845. His sister, Charlotte, 
married Thomas Lanier, and her second sis- 
ter married John Holmes. The latter, with 
his family, also moved to Tennessee. 



THE PERRY FAMILY. 67 

CHAPTER IX 



Bnsan Ann Perry, of Hertford Connty, 
first married, abont 1809, Charles Jenkins, 
half-brother of Winborne Jenkins IV. 
Charles Jenkins died about 181G, leaving his 
widow surviving him with three children, 
viz: Mary Ann, Charles and Wm. Periy 
Jenkins. She lived at the home place of the 
late Wm. P. Jenkins in St. John's Township, 
in Hertford County, and the old ex-Sheriflf 
and legislator of Hertford County, Thomas 
Deanes, lived near Murfreesboro, where T. 
M. Forbes, Jr., now resides. The old Sheriff 
was a widower with two children. About 
1820 the widow Jenkins and widower 
Thomas Deanes became united in the holy 
bonds of matrimony. Sheriff Deanos's first 
wife was a Miss Ward, and the issue of that 
marriage were Mike Ward Deanes and Sal- 
lie Deanes. Sheriff Deanes by his second 
marriage (to the widow Jenkins) reared 



58 THE PERRY FAMILY. 

three children: Judith, who married the 
late William Boone, of Northampton 
County. 
Their son, Thomas Deanes Boone, is the 

f present Cleric of the Sujierior Court of Hert- 

ford. 

I Their second daught^, Ann Bllsa, mar* 

ried the late John E. Maget, of Northamp- 
ton County, and they are the parents of Ida, 
the widow of the late W. T. Brown, of Hert- 

^ ford County, and tlie wife of Cecil W* Har- 

•: rell, of Woodland, N. G. 

Their youngest daughter, Busan, married 
Rev. Reuben Jones, of Virginia. 

Their daughter Jessie married 8. P. Win- 
borne, of Hertford County. 

Milce Ward Deanes married Mary Ann 
Jenlcins, the daughter of his father's second 
wife by her first marriage. They reared two 

f daughters and one son, Cliarles Thomas 

Deanes, now of Aulander, N. C. One of the 
daughters was the wife of the late Henry C. 
Edwards, of Northampton County, and the 
'other was the first wife of the late Andrew 
Jackson Harrell, of the same county. 



THE PERRY FAMILY. 59 

Salliei the sister of Mike W, Deanes, be- 
came the wife of Thomas Barnes, who lived 
at the W. T. Brown place near Murfrecs- 
boro. They were the parents of the late 
I Judge Wm. Deanes Barnes, of Florida. They 

moved to Marianna, Fla., abont 1854. 

[/ Charles Jenkins, the eldest son of Susan 

^ Ann Jenkins, lived and died near Wood- 

I land, N. 0. Wm. P. Jenkins lived during 

his whole life at his father's old home in 

I . ^ Hertford County. His first wife was 

Martha Ann Ooodson, of Northampton 

( County. They had thirteen children, but 

reared only four: Mary F. Baby, Dr. Pres- 

I ton 0. Jenkins, of Roxobel, N. C; Wm. W. 

Jenkins, late of Hertford County, and J, P. 

i Jenkins, who died in the Confederate army. 

j . It is a difficult question to decide who 

! were the parents of Susan Ann Perry. In 

[ 1830 she appears on the Census list of Hert- 

j; V ' ford County as widow Susannah Deanes, 

and owning thirty-five slaves. Maj. Jno. 

1; i W. Moore was positive in his statement that 

* she was the daughter of Capt. Abner Perry, 

but I do not find her name among the list 



60 THE PBRBY FAMILY. 

of his children. Jease A. Perry, Dr. P. O. 
Jenkins and Charles Thomas Deanes are 
under the impression (but haye no definite 
information) that she was of Josiah Perry's 
family* Susannah and Susan Ann are fre- 
quent names in Benjamin Perry's family. I 
have failed to find the name in Josiah 
Perry's family. If she is not the daughter 
of Captain Abner she must be his sister or 
niece. It is more likely she was the daugh- 
ter of John W., Perry. Captain Perry had 
seyeral brothers and sisters. 

ftsimtel ^rr? 

Among the older Perrys we haye found 
in Chowan County, N. C, is Samuel Perry, 
who died in that county in 1760, leaving 
his wife, Susannah, and children — Samuel, 
Amos, Mordecai, Ann, Lreah and Grace. 

Amos, son of Samuel Perry, married Feb- 
ruary 10, 1788, his cousin, Elizabeth Perry, 
of Perquimans County. He died in 1804, 
leaving his wife, one son, Amos, and two 
daughters, Treasy Perry and Sarah Hurdle. 

Samuel Perry, Jr., died in 1842, leaving 
surviving him his wife. Christian, son, Wil- 



TEE PERRY FAMILY. 61 

lis, and daughters, Millie and Feriby By- 
rum, of Chowan County. 

Hester Perry, a widow, died in 1860, leav- 
ing three sons and two daughters: Starlcey, 
John and William. Her daughter Charlotte 
married August 28, 1845, Cullen A. Halsey, 
of her native county, and the other daugh- 
ter, Winnifred, married May 4, 1839, Miles 
Ashley, of Chowan. There are descendants 
of these families still living in Chowan and 
adjoining counties. 

The following Perrys lived in Hertford 
County as heads of families at the following 
periods, as appears from the U. S. Census : 

1790. 
Ezdciel Perry, Capt. Abner Perry, Simeon 
Perry, William Perry^ James Perry, Celia 
Perry, Elisha Perry, William Perry. 

1800. 
Elisha Perry, Seth Perry, Abner Perry, 
James Perry. 

1810. 
Jacob Perry, Joseph Perry, Sally Perry, 
John Perry, 



62 THE PERRY FAMILY. 

1820. 
Joseph Perry, John W. Perry, 

1830. 
William N. Perry, Abner J. Perry, James 
Perry, Agatha Perry. 

In Bertie In 1790. 
Etheldred Perry, John Perry, Isaac 
Perry, James Perry, Joshua Perry, Oeorge 
Perry, Thomas Perry, Docton Perry. 

Comlttffon 

Seyeral of the Perrys moved to the more 
Southeni States. There were a great num- 
ber of Perrys in Bertie, Gates, Perquimans 
and Ohowan during the above periods. Hen* 
ning, in his early history of Virginia, men- 
tions a number of ttie early Perrys in Vir- 
ginia, and those wishing to trace the family 
further might find it profitable to consult 
his works; also Perry's Historical Selec- 
tions of Virginia. 

William Hayner Perry, of Greenville, S. ' 
O., was born in Greenville, S. G., June 9, 
18S7i He was a lawyer, soldier in the Gon- 



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1820. 
Joeeph Perry, John W. Perry. 

1830. 
William N. Perry, Abner J. Perry, James 
P»ry, Agatha Perry. 

In Bertie In 1790. 
Etheldred Perry, John Perry, Isaac 
Perry, Jamea Perry, Joshua Perry, George 
Perry, Thomas Perry, Docton Perry. 

ComltiKfoii 

Seyeral of the Perrys .moyed to the more 
Southeni States. There were a great num- 
ber of Perrys in Bertie, Gates, Perquimans 
and Ohowan during the above periods. Hen- 
ning, in his early history of Virginia, mes- 
tions a number of the early Perrys in Vir- 
giuia, and those wishing to trace the fasulr 
further might find it profitable to rnsistr 
his works; also Perry's Historical (hfar- 
tions of Virginia. 

^ViJIiaiii Ilayoer Perry, of Omrari.^g^£* 
0.1 was born in Greenville, B, CL, imtt 
ISSf. Hm Was a lawyer, aoldier la 




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federate annji member of the State Conyen-. 
tion of South Carolina in 1865| member of 
Legijdature of South Carolina in 1865-6, 
Solicitor of the Eighth District 1868-72, 
member of State Senate from Qreenville 
County 1880-84, member of Congress in 
49th and 50th Congress as a Democrat 

Ben, Frank Perry, Pendleton District, S, 
C, was bom May 20, 1805. He was a law- 
yer and author. State Senator in 1835, Gov* 
ernor after the war; elected U. S, Senator 
in 1870, but not allowed to take his seat 
In 1872 elected to U. S. House of Represent- 
atiyes, but refused his seat; author of 
^^Reminiscence of Public Men/' He died 
in 1886 near Greenville, S. C. 
, Madison S. Perry was Governor of 
Florida in 1857-1864. These persons were 
evidently descendants of our North Caro- 
lina families. 

Matthew Oalbraith Perry waa a native 
of New Jersey; bom in 1794 and died in 
1858. He was a commodore in the U. S. 
^ Navy, and distinguished himself as an offi- 
cer in several important naval conflicts. 



64 THE PERRY FAMILY. 

His brother, Olirer Hazard Perrji was also 
a distinguished naval hero in America. In 
the great naval conflict between the English 
and United States navy on Lake Erie be 
displayed great ability and captured the 
whole English squadron, and was immortal- 
ized in his message, ''We have met the en«ny 
and they are ours/* 

General Matthew Calbraid Butler, a dis- 
tinguished officer in the Confederate army 
and a United States Senator from South 
Carolina from 1877 to 1895, was the son of 
Jane T. Perry, daughter of Captain Peri7, ! 
U- S. N., and sister of Commodore Perry, ! 
and of the hero of Lake Erie. | 



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